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Rare Renati Chola era inscription unearthed

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    2nd Sep, 2020
  • A rare inscription dating back to Renati Chola era has been unearthed in a remote village of Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The inscription is found engraved on a dolomite slab and shale, which are part of a fragmentary pillar.
  • The inscription was written in archaic Telugu which was readable in 25 lines.
  • It was assigned to 8th Century A.D., when the region was under the rule of Chola Maharaja of Renadu.
  • The inscription throws light on the record of a gift of six Marttus (a measuring unit) of land gifted to one of the Brahmins serving the temple at Pidukula village.
  • The Telugu Cholas of Renadu or Renati Cholas ruled over Renadu region, present day Cuddapah district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The dynasty ruled Rayalaseema from fifth to the eleventh centuries from Cuddapa.
  • They were originally independent, later forced to the suzerainty of the Eastern Chalukyas.
  • They were the first to use Telugu language in their administration and inscriptions belonging to the 7th and 8th centuries.
  • The earliest of this family was Nandivarman (500 AD) who claimed descent from the family of Karikala and Kasyapa gotra.
  • The most important feature of the Chola administration was the local administration at districts, towns and villages level.
  • Uttaramerur inscriptions speak much about the Chola administration.
  • Village autonomy was the most unique feature of Chola administrative system.
  • Nadu was one of the important administrative units of the Cholas. Nadus had representative assemblies. The heads of the Nadus were called Nattars.
  • The council of Nadu was called Nattavai.

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